Spring has shown itself on the calendar, but that doesn’t mean we won’t have unanticipated cold days. It’s never the wrong time of year to take a closer look at your furnace efficiency. There are some simple things that can be done to fully receive the benefits of your furnace’s efficiency and boost the lifespan of your system.
- Change Your Furnace Filter
Switching your furnace filter seems to always appear on these lists because it’s so important. Energy Star suggests changing your filter every month. The frequency in which you change your filter will depend on your filter type and your system. Some filters last more than others. Inspect your filters every month and get a sense of how often your filters need changed out. A clean filter will keep air flowing freely in your home which will not only increase your air quality, but also helps your system work more efficiently. Dust and build-up in your system can cause your system to work harder and may lead to a shorter lifecycle for your system.
- Be Sure Your Ducts Are Sealed Properly
Ducts distribute air throughout your home and if they have any leaks, holes or poor connections, you might have a lot of energy being wasted. Not only that, but they might be making your home less comfortable. If you are not positive that your ducts are sealed well, we can help.
- Utilize a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat can lessen your heating costs as well as your cooling costs. Heating and cooling your home while you’re away is wasteful, so why pay to keep your home comfortable when you’re not home? There are several different models of programmable thermostats pick from, so pick the one that best suits your lifestyle needs.
- Schedule Your Annual Tune-Up
When your furnace isn’t having any troubles it’s easy to forget that it can run even more smoothly with an annual tune-up and maintenance check. Annual furnace tune-ups keep your furnace operating efficiently and may extend the lifecycle of your system.
- Zoned Heating and Cooling
A zoned heating and cooling system provides you individual control over different zones of your home taking advantage of multiple programmable thermostats. This will not only keep you more comfortable, but also save you throughout the year.
Heating and cooling accounts for half of the energy used in your home. Together we can work to ensure your heating and cooling system is operating at it’s highest efficiency. If you haven’t set up your furnace service for the year or have any questions related to your home comfort system, give us a call at 540-636-3396.